Recent News & Archive

Rivers Casino Workers Ratify Their First Contract

An excellent new first contract has been successfully negotiated by our union for the 800 employees of the Rivers Resort and Casino in Schenectady, New York. It was ratified by the workers with a resounding 98% majority on October 17th and 18th. The casino/resort signed on to HTC’s Greater Regional Industry Wide Agreement (the "GRIWA"), which is our union’s recently established landmark master contract for upstate New York, Northern New Jersey and the suburbs of New York City.

Manhattan Affordable Housing Opportunity

Our friends at the Actors Fund have told us about 102 brand new, rent stabilized apartments at 540 West 53rd Street for which many Hotel Trades Council members may be eligible. The apartments will be awarded via a lottery.

The rents for these affordable studios, one, two and three-bedroom units will range from $1,091 to $3,270 per month.

The Actors Fund of America is the world’s oldest theatrical charity. It has been a long-time friend of the Hotel Trades Council, and we are grateful to them for telling us about these newly-constructed, rent stabilized, affordable apartments in Manhattan’s Hells’ Kitchen neighborhood.

Politico:  Hotel permits proposal approved by City Planning Commission 10.17

The policy would require any new hotel development in parts of the city that are zoned for manufacturing uses to obtain a special permit before beginning construction. This change, long a priority of the politically powerful Hotel Trades Council, would give the union significant leverage when negotiating contracts with hotel owners, as any permit would need to be approved by the union-allied City Council. Proponents have said the policy would help protect well-paying industrial jobs, which they say have been threatened by hotels in manufacturing districts.

HTC and the Little Rock Nine

“This year marks the 60th anniversary of our union honoring the Little Rock Nine — a group of incredibly brave students who were the center of the battle to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and who even today serve as an enduring symbol of the courage and resolve of the civil rights movement and the fight for equality.”

Those were the words of Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward, on Tuesday, June 12, when the ties between our union and the Little Rock Nine officially spanned 60 years at a luncheon held in Gallagher’s Steak House.

Members Celebrate the GRIWA Ratification

Not even monsoon-like rains could keep hundreds of members from packing a room at the Newark Hilton Penn Station on April 16 to celebrate the ratification of the new Greater Regional Industry Wide Contract, also known as the GRIWA.

It was a boisterous crowd and everyone was in a celebratory mood.

The meeting was opened by HTC  General Counsel and Executive Vice President Richard Maroko, who explained in the simplest terms what the contract meant.

Retired Members Applaud Seniors’ Days 2018

When retired members of our union reach age 65 they can choose to keep using our Health Centers for their medical care by assigning their Medicare Part B to the benefit funds. Members praised the care they receive and had appreciative compliments about the Seniors’ Days health awareness event.

Del Lago Casino Workers Win Contract

HTC has won a contract for the nearly 1,000 union-represented employees at del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo, NY. The casino signed onto the Greater Regional Industry Wide Agreement, or GRIWA, which is the HTC contract for the region. At the ratification, union representatives, including, lawyers, business agents and organizers, met with workers to review the contract in detail, in order to allow employees to cast their vote in an informed and democratic manner.       

Peter Ward Named #15 On Albany Power 100

Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward has been ranked #15 on this year's list of the most powerful people in Albany. The Albany Power 100 is an annual list published by City & State, shedding light on the individuals and interests that wield influence in our state government.

Healthy Lifestyles Week Is March 26-30

Members and their families have a great opportunity to improve their health by attending Healthy Lifestyles, a health and wellness event that will be held at the Health and Dental Centers from March 26 until March 30. Those who attend will receive useful tips on living happier, healthier and longer lives, and in many cases receive quick tests and/or screening for various health issues.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Brooklyn Health Center

We present the remarks of Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward, Hotel Association President Vijay Dandapani, Benefit Funds Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert Greenspan, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.

Union Victory! HTC wins a contract at the Hilton Albany

After a four-month long boycott and picket line, HTC has won a contract for the 146 workers at the Hilton Albany hotel.

The New Brooklyn Health Center Is Now Serving Members and Their Families!

Construction is complete, the ribbon cutting has occurred, the new Brooklyn Health Center is open, and Hotel Trades Council members and their families now enjoy the finest healthcare facility of its kind anywhere in the U.S.

High School Seniors Can Apply Now for 2018 College Scholarships!

The Vito J. Pitta scholarship program and the Hotel Trades Council Division A scholarship program are now accepting applications for the 2018 awards.

Union Wins Contract at Westin Jersey City Hotel

The Union has won a contract for the employees at the Westin Jersey City. The hotel signed on to the Greater Regional Industry Wide Agreement, or GRIWA, which is the HTC contract for the area.

HTC, Local 6 and UNITE HERE Join in Relief Effort in Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on September 20, leaving an unimaginable trail of destruction, HTC, Local 6 and UNITE HERE joined in a relief effort to assist members of the hotel union there, Local 610.

Women’s Health Week Wins Praise from Members

Almost 5,000 members participated in the recent Women’s Health Week — focusing on good health by eating well and getting plenty of exercise.

New York State Paid Family Leave Begins January 1, 2018

HTC members employed in New York State are eligible for a new law providing paid family leave beginning January 1, 2018.

Members, Elected Officials Speak Out Against Airbnb

At a press conference, Councilmember Ritchie Torres described Airbnb as the “worst company in New York City,” saying there is no other company that “undercuts affordability and job quality and public safety on the sweeping scale of Airbnb.”

Children’s Holiday Party Registration

The union will be registering children for its holiday party from now until Monday, November 27. Don’t let your children miss out on this festive, fun-filled event, which happens to also be a happy holiday treat for the parents who attend!

Union Wins Contract at Hilton Newark Airport Hotel

After tough negotiations with both hotel ownership and the Hilton corporation, the hotel eventually signed onto the Greater Regional Industry Wide Agreement, which is the HTC contract for the area.